Book Published by UArts Foundation Professor Buy Shaver

Buy Shaver, a 2D Foundation professor, has had a book published by The University of Chicago press. Titled Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design, Professor Shaver’s book is a step-by-step approach to the basic elements of successful two-dimensional art. To achieve this, Professor Shaver writes in the book’s introduction that “an artist must firstly get the viewer’s attention and secondly must control how the viewer perceives a composition.” This is accomplished though “visual dynamics – contrast, motion, and noise.”

This is a terrific resource for both faculty and students. Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design will take the reader through line, shape, value, color, and, of course, feeling. You’ll learn why “sex, death, food, and all things cuddly” are so important to good artwork!

The Foundation Department is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Shaver on Wednesday, February 26. Join him as he discusses his book and his approach to teaching two-dimensional design. The lecture will be held in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Digital Library of the Week: Guide to Black History

For the month of February, let’s celebrate Black History Month by exploring a few of the best digital collections about the culture and contributions of African Americans. A great place to begin learning about African American history is the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Guide to Black History.

Start with a timeline of African culture from the 2nd century through to the present. You can read biographies on everyone from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Kanye West; browse by subject and learn about African and African American Visual Arts, Music and Dance, and Comedy, Film, Television, and Theatre. Finally, Encyclopedia Britannica has developed an Internet Guide to help you further explore Black History Month online.

President-elect Barack Obama waving to the crowd at a massive election night rally in Chicago's Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008. With him are (from left) his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and his wife, Michelle
President-elect Barack Obama waving to the crowd at a massive election night rally in Chicago's Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008. With him are (from left) his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and his wife, Michelle

The University Libraries has so much information on African and African American history, culture, and the visual and performing arts! Let’s just look at two online reference sources this week (if you are off campus, you’ll have to enter your name and library barcode before accessing these sources). From the Libraries homepage, under the heading Online Resources, you’ll find Reference Sources.

First up is African American Music Reference which has resources covering blues, jazz, slave and civil rights songs, gospel, and more. The Libraries also offers Black Drama: 1850-Present. This is a collection of over 1,000 full-text plays including The Piano Lesson by August Wilson and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Library Staff Recommendation: Terpsichore in Sneakers

Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance.

By Sally Banes. With a new introduction.

Greenfield Open Stacks 793.322 B223t 1987

An essential for anyone interested in what happened in modern dance after Martha Graham, Terpsichore in Sneakers is widely considered to be the definitive history of 1960s New York downtown concert dance. Each chapter profiles dance notables such as Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn and Meredith Monk (several of whom have moved to non-movement art forms); the end of each chapter includes some sort of primary source on that dancer/choreographer.

If you like this subject, you may also be interested in these videos:

Making Dances: Seven Postmodern Choreographers. Michael Blackwood Productions, 2007.

Greenfield DVD GD585

– features many of the dancers in Banes’ book

Retracing Steps: American Dance since Postmodernism / writer and consultant, Sally Banes; produced and directed by Michael Blackwood. Northvale, NJ: Audio Plus Video, c2001.

Greenfield Videotapes GV708

– interviews with young choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and Molissa Fenley active in the 1980s

Music Library Survey

Please assist the University Libraries in its continuing efforts to assess and improve library effectiveness by completing a survey about Music Library services and collections. We greatly appreciate and value your input and encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey available at

Please contact Carol Graney, Director of Libraries, if you have any questions about the survey, difficulty with the online survey, or if you prefer to complete a paper survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Digital Library of the Week: Focus on Fashion

shoe fashion circa 1900
shoe fashion circa 1900

There are so many great digital collections that focus on fashion. Here are three of my favorites:

Dress and Fashion: Design and Manufacture from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, contains many unusual resources on costume and fashion of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are historical surveys, manufacturers’ books, and swatch samples. You’ll find images of traditional Japanese hats and shoes, color and pattern swatches from Friedrich Bayer & Co., and the trendiest styles for men in the 1920s and 1930s.

If you are really interested in fashion and clothing, you’ll want to bookmark the the Fashion Museum. Located in Bath in the United Kingdom, you can search this museum’s collection of 20th century fashion using their Collection Search feature.

Just for fun, check out this 1913 Abercrombie and Fitch catalog, showcasing “Out-of-Door Clothes for Fastidious Women” from Harvard University Library.

Of course, you’ll want to see what resources the University Libraries has about fashion too! Try a catalog search by subject for topics such as fashion, dress accessories, clothing and dress, or costume. You’ll see we have lots to offer!

triangle dress from spring/summer 1972
triangle dress from spring/summer 1972